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So about a hundred years ago I saw a recipe for “Palomino Pasta” in a magazine. I love pasta and it looked so good, I knew I would want to try it. I ripped the page out of the magazine and went to work. It quickly turned into one of our favorite pasta sauce recipes and continues to be my youngest daughter’s most-requested dinner. Now I make it for her to freeze for quick dinners on busy days when she has class and has to work. (No starving college students here!) Of course, as pages ripped from magazines tend to become, that page is long gone. We’ve moved a few times since then, so I’m thinking it’s permanently lost and has probably been thrown away. It’s too bad because it was a well-loved, sauce-splashed recipe with a history of yummy diners behind it. <sniff>
Luckily I made this pasta sauce recipe many, many times so a lost recipe doesn’t stop us from continuing to make this yummy dinner.
Did I mention the best part? The base is made with jarred, store-bought marinara sauce. WIN! I know I have mentioned before that I am terrible at making three things: bread, pie crust and pasta sauce. I don’t know why, but they never turn out right so store-bought it is for us. (I’ve gotten better at bread if I let it rise in the bread machine and then bake it in the oven…)
This is sauce recipe makes jarred sauce fancy enough for company or holidays, but it’s easy enough to whip up on a weeknight, too. It is THE BEST.
You can use homemade sauce if you’d like. But me? Nope. Jarred sauce all the way. FWIW, I did grow my own banana peppers this year specifically for this sauce so I am not totally lazy. Just partly. And, if you are wondering, this sauce is not at all spicy. The pepper has more of a sweet taste and is not spicy.
The ingredients are simple: marinara sauce, half & half, cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, banana pepper, garlic and onion. Aside from the banana pepper, there is a good chance you have the ingredients on hand! After you have prepped the pepper, onion and garlic, saute it in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Once the veggies are nicely sauteed, add 1 tablespoon of flour to absorb the butter ad stir. Add the cream and half & half to the pan, stirring until the mixture begins to thicken.
Add the pasta sauce and stir until the sauce combines with the cream mixture.
Once the sauce is combined, bring to a slow simmer and grate the Parmesan cheese.
Once the sauce has simmered for a few minutes, add the Parmesan cheese to the saucepan and stir into the sauce. Serve over pasta and top with additional Parmesan cheese.
Sooo good! If you are a pasta lover, you’ll need to try this recipe asap. It is such a yummy treat and a great way to perk up jarred pasta sauce.
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